16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 June 2022

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

The value of small group programs in supporting change, loss and grief

Introduction:
Change, loss and grief permeate the experience of individuals involved with corrective services. The complexity regarding the events leading to and following incarceration are complex and ongoing. Grief is often considered a response to bereavement of the death of an individual. However, grief is a natural and normal response to any significant loss or change in an individual’s life – it is well known that incarcerated individuals experiences are complex.
Objectives:
To examine the importance addressing the change, loss and grief experienced by inmates and to highlight the importance of peer group, education programs in supporting the healing from the experience and gaining important knowledge and skills related to the experience and for the future.
quality relationships in supporting children and young people after significant loss that can then
Approach:
A review of research and literature regarding the grief experience of adults within corrective services and the ways in which Seasons for Growth, an evidence-based program and structured small group process can support healing and wellbeing. The presentation will draw on the implementation of the Seasons for Growth in corrective services and the importance of the seasonal metaphor in assisting individuals to respond to their experiences.
Practice Implications and conclusions:
Quality relationships and understanding the similarities and differences for individuals and helping to appreciate “I am not the only one” and the use of the seasonal metaphor in bringing this to fruition. This has implications for the practitioner and other professionals working with children and the presentation will outline practical opportunities to do so.

Presenters

Louise Hall
Program and Partnerships Coordinator
, Good Grief MacKillop Family Services

Louise Hall, our newly appointed Partnership and Program Coordinator. As a Social worker, Louise has a passion for supporting families. Louise looks forward to broadening this reach with her involvement in extending the scope of the Seasons for Growth program delivery to more individuals and families through building relationships with, and training the people supporting them. Louise has worked in the areas of education, family support and disability and have an interest in the power of group work for children and adults.

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